Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications.
Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at more than 900 senior colleges and universities. Psi Chi serves two major goals: (1) to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership and (2) to offer a climate congenial to its creative development for the promotion of psychology.
Our Psi Chi Chapter provides you with the opportunity to join if you meet certain standards required by Psi Chi and the Association of College Honor Societies (a governing body for college honor societies). Membership in Psi Chi is an earned honor which is for life. A permanent record of your membership is preserved at the Psi Chi National Office and may be used for reference purposes, such as applications for graduate school and jobs.
Membership Requirements for the ASU Chapter:
In order to become a member of PsiChi, you must meet the following requirements.
- Completion of at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college courses. Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology. Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings. Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must have at least an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class (sophomore, junior, senior) in general scholarship. They must also demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning a minimum GPA in psychology courses of at least 3.00. Psi Chi accepts the policy of the institution regarding grades. For graduate students, an average grade of "B" or better in all graduate courses, including psychology. High standards of personal behavior.
- Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter.
Dr. Quentin Hartmann and Dr. Lindsey West
Psi Chi Officers
Lauren Verlaque, President
Hi! My name is Lauren Verlaque and I'm a second year graduate student on the clinical track here at ASU's Masters of Psychology program. While I didn't major in Psychology in undergrad, I'm a certified Psychology Geek now, and am really enjoying working with the faculty and students in this department. I've lived in all sorts of places, including SD, France, upstate NY, New York City, Maine, South Carolina, and a boat, but I love calling Augusta home. While I came into the program wanting to focus exclusively on therapy, I am now an avid fan of assessment and research as well, and am currently participating in several research studies. My current plan is to work in therapy and assessment after graduation while working towards my licensure, and eventually head back to school for a doctoral degree. I am excited to be part of the Psi Chi team, especially in this, our chapter's 30th anniversary year. I'm looking forward to lots of fun events this year. If you have questions, or just want to chat, I'm always in the department and available - I'd love to talk!
Nicole Weaver, Vice-President
My name is Nicole Weaver. I am a second year graduate student and am on the clinical track. I have been a member of Psi Chi since 2010. I completed my AA in psychology at Gordon College and my BS in psychology at Kennesaw State University. I am currently on several research projects in the department (just ask! I would love to fill you in!). My long-term research interests mainly revolve around couples and families with a member who has a disorder or disability, particularly when children are involved. To say that I love psychology and psychological research is an understatement. I have known I wanted to be in the field of psychology since I was around nine-years-old. With the exception of my family and animals (3 dogs, 2 turtles, 1 cat), school and my school commitments are my top priorities. As vice-president of Psi Chi, I am really excited to see where this next year takes the club and where it takes me!
Callie Jowers, Secretary
My name Callie Jowers, and I am a senior Psychology major graduating in May 2013. I am very passionate about psychology, and I love the program here at Augusta State University. As a psychology student right now, my interests involve the fields of consciousness, perception, biopsychology, drugs, cognition, and abnormal psychology. After I graduate, I hope to attend graduate school for my PhD in neuropsychology or in behavioral or cognitive neuroscience. I believe that, as an undergraduate, my passion for psychology has grown more than I ever thought possible, and I hope that it is a passion that will only increase in strength throughout my education and my career.
Ann Sanguansri, Treasurer
My name is Ann Sanguansri and I am the Psi Chi Treasurer for the upcoming year! I am a second-year graduate student on the Clinical/Counseling track of the Psychology program. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theater. I was actively involved in Psi Chi throughout my undergraduate studies and served a leadership role during my senior year. I am currently a student affiliate of the Georgia College Counseling Association and am very interested in working with children in the future. In my free time (although it is limited), I enjoy running, reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time outside. I am excited to have the opportunity to get more involved here at ASU and hope to promote and increase mental health awareness on campus and within the community.
Samantha Amses, Historian & Public Relations
My name is Samantha Amses and I am Psi Chi Historian and Public Relations. I am a second-year Clinical/Counseling Psychology graduate student. I graduated Magna cum Laude from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, May 2011, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. My primary interests include abnormal, physcopharm, assessment, and social psychology. After I graduate, I plan to do testing and therapy and would like to work with adolescents. I would also like to teach some college psychology courses. In my free time, I enjoy horseback riding, swimming, cooking, and traveling.